Americans Attacked in Afghanistan

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Americans Attacked in Afghanistan

Six U.S. troops were killed, two others wounded, plus an interpreter, in a suicide bombing in Helmand Province near Bagram Air Base. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

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Suicide attack

The men were killed at about 1:30 p.m. local time when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden motorcycle into them. Two Afghan Police officers were also wounded in the attack. Their names have not been released.

The foot patrol was moving through a village close to Bagram Air Base, about  28 miles north of the capital of Kabul.

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Helmand Province-  h.e.l.l. for man

Helmand province is a strategic area for the Taliban, as it produces most of the world’s opium- a huge source of revenue for the insurgency.

Reports are that militants are close to capturing or have already overrun the town of Sangin in the province. NATO forces number about 13,000 in Afghanistan at this time, 9,800 of which are American. But Helmand province is a place where many troops are killed.

The BBC reported,

Governor Rahimi gave a news conference in Helmand’s provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, after his deputy, Mohammad Jan Rasulyar, told international news agencies Sangin had been overrun by the Taliban late on Sunday.

“The Taliban have captured the police headquarters, the governor’s office as well as the intelligence agency building in Sangin,” Mr Rasulyar told AFP. “Fighting is escalating in the district.”

An Uncle Sam’s contact that lives in Afghanistan told us that his stint in the Afghan Army was short because they were going to deploy him to Helmand province. Since that’s where so many troops are killed, he decided to cancel his service.

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